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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Texas Court strikes down the Methodist Trust Clause

  • April 11, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a landmark decision, a Dallas Texas County Court invalidated the enforcement of the United Methodist Trust Clause in favor of  Southern Methodist University thereby freeing it from property ownership claims of the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Court entered an order dismissing […]

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Frequently Asked Questions from churches looking to leave the United Methodist Denomination

  • March 24, 2021
  • by Emily

When we talk to churches that want to leave the denomination, many of them have the same questions. To help you determine the best course for your church, we answer these commonly asked questions in our latest video. Watch to learn more.     We hope you […]

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The 5 myths you might have heard about the UMC trust clause – and why it might not be as scary as you think.

  • March 6, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Many pastors who are considering leaving the United Methodist Church think the trust clause is a set-in-stone rule that can’t be beat – and that’s simply not true! I hope this blog helps provide a bit more understanding about how the law around it works […]

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Delaying the UMC General Conference to deny a vote on the Separation Protocol

  • February 26, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The United Methodist Church once again took steps on February 26, 2021 to ignore the concerns of local Methodist Churches and kick the proverbial can down the road of the schism within the denomination by rejecting the opportunity to have an amicable resolution to the […]

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Religious property attorney responds to United Methodist Church announcement to hold off general conference vote on separation protocol until 2022

  • February 25, 2021
  • by Emily

“Many (UMC) churches that have been waiting on the sidelines to leave will do so now, and the denomination will collapse” Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Dan Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit —February 25, 2021—Daniel Dalton, a religious property and land use attorney […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court allows Local Churches to keep their Property in Religious Property Disputes

  • February 22, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a huge blow to the Episcopal Church, and an enormous threat to the United Methodist Church, the United States Supreme Court today denied the final appeal of the Episcopal Church in its dispute concerning ownership of religious property with the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, […]

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Options for the local Methodist Church with no vote on the Separation Protocol

  • February 18, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

It is fairly clear that a vote on the Protocol will not occur in 2021. And it is likely that there will not be any type of action taken on the proposed separation protocol is not addressed until 2024. It is time for local Methodist […]

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Laying the groundwork to abandon the proposed UMC Separation Protocol

  • February 13, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

If you are following the news involving the United Methodist Church, you may have heard of the Separation Protocol – a proposal to split the United Methodist Church into three denominations. The proposal was announced with much fanfare one year ago and celebrated by many […]

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A brief explanation of the Reformed Church plan to separate

  • February 11, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Reformed Church of America (RCA) is debating how best to separate into different denominations based on significant theological debates. A team called “Vision 20/20” evaluated the issues and proposed a plan of separation. Watch this video to learn more. Should you have additional questions […]

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Pensions are protected for Clergy leaving the United Methodist Church

  • February 7, 2021
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  One of the biggest issues that remain for clergy is whether their pension will follow them when they leave the United Methodist Church denomination. Wespath, the pension provided for the UMC, has three pensions and one 403(b) plan that clergy can participate in. The […]

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